October 04, 2012The gym at High Point Central High School will not be ready for basketball games until January, when the High Point Central Bisons will be halfway through their season.
In a Tuesday, Oct. 2 email to Guilford County Schools administrators and school board members, Guilford County Schools Chief of Staff Nora Carr wrote that construction at the gym wouldn't be finished until mid-December, "delaying use of the gymnasium until after the winter break."
The Bisons varsity boys' team has nine games scheduled before Dec. 15, including five home games, one of which is a Nov. 30 game against Central's biggest rival, Andrews High School. A second Central-Andrews game is scheduled for Dec. 14 at Andrews.
There are no homes games scheduled between Dec. 15, 2012, and Jan. 4, 2013.
"We are seeking a neutral gym to play one of the Andrews-HPC games, which is currently scheduled for Nov. 30 at HPC," Carr wrote. "We are also working with the principal in terms of communicating this information to the school and High Point community."
High Point Central got $5.3 million to renovate and expand the gym and do some upgrades in the school out of the $457 million in school bonds approved by voters in May 2008. But the architect on the project, HH Architecture, claims that numerous construction elements on the project are behind schedule. The contractor on the project is KMD Construction LLC of Salisbury.
KMD is the second general contractor on the project.
On Nov. 8, 2011, the school board voted unanimously to terminate its contract with Miles Builders of Charlotte, the main contractor on the High Point Central project, which had fallen more than a month behind. The school board claimed that Miles Builders has violated the contract in multiple ways, including falling months behind schedule and not paying subcontractors on time.
In April 2012, the bonding company on the project hired KMD to take over, and, in November 2012, a year after the school board fired Miles Builders, the job still isn't done.